Bradley Cooper Is A Rock Star Chef Looking For Redemption In The First ‘Burnt’ Trailer

Bradley Cooper plays a rebel chef (He wears leather! He rides motorcycles!) in the first trailer for Burnt, from director John Wells (August Osage County, The Company Men) and Locke screenwriter Steven Knight. It’s actually kind of a weird homecoming for B-Coop, who 10 years ago played Anthony Bourdain in the short-lived TV series based on Kitchen Confidential, back before his three Academy Awards nominations for acting (he has another for producing, on American Sniper).

In Burnt he plays Adam (Not Pacman) Jones, “a two-star Michelin rockstar” (you can tell by the motorcycle and leather jacket) who’s just returned to New York from Paris looking for his third Michelin star. Burnt opens October 23.

Chef Adam Jones (Bradley Cooper) had it all – and lost it. A two-star Michelin rockstar with the bad habits to match, the former enfant terrible of the Paris restaurant scene did everything different every time out, and only ever cared about the thrill of creating explosions of taste. To land his own kitchen and that third elusive Michelin star though, he’ll need the best of the best on his side, including the beautiful Helene (Sienna Miller). Burnt is a remarkably funny and emotional story about the love of food, the love between two people, and the power of second chances. [Official synopsis, via The Weinstein Company]

Ah, but does he have forearm tats? Everyone knows all hot chefs have forearm tats. Extra points if it’s a pig or a knife or a butcher’s diagram.

Trailer-ready lines include:

  • “What happened in Paris?” “I tried to control everything.”
  • “Cooking is an expression of who we are.”
  • “We should be dealing in culinary orgasms.”
  • “You can’t do it alone.”

I had a culinary orgasm once. That’s how I lost my food handler’s certification.

Basically, this has everything. Drama! Food porn! Whisk sound effects! Bradley Cooper learning to trust again! If you thought Chef was too breezy and casual, and needed more handsome people and obstacles to the protagonist’s eventual redemption, this looks like the movie for you.